Community foundations build local capacity by raising charitable dollars that can be granted to other nonprofits in the community. Whether it is in the area of arts and culture, community development, education, environment, or health services, community foundations pool resources that can be used to address community needs or support a charitable activity. Community foundations are knowledgeable about local nonprofits and are in an ideal position to identify organizations addressing a need or making positive contributions to the community.

2024 Community Food Security Through Gardening Grant Recipients

Funded by a generous legacy gift of Willow-based gardeners, Gerald and Kathryn Freeley, the Gardening as Food Security Grant Program addresses food security issues by promoting and facilitating gardening projects in Alaska. This grant seeks to support projects that strengthen a broad definition of food security that means access by all people at all times to safe, nutritious, and local food for healthy lifestyles.

Organization Name Amount AwardedOne Sentence SummaryServed Area
Sunshine Community Health Center$10,000.00SCHC will work with partners to start a community garden on the Talkeetna clinic property to address food insecurities for Mat-Su Borough residents.Mat-Su Valley
Alaska Farmland Trust$10,000.00FarmLink will connect underserved/disadvantaged farmers with low, or no cost, agricultural land leases allow them to grow food/gardens.Mat-Su Valley
My House$7,500.00To show clients how a simple seed can flourish into something beautiful & prosperous, in a peaceful environment while developing agricultural skills.Mat-Su Valley
Emergency Assistance and Food Bank of Valdez$10,000.00Educate community members on gardening in Southcentral AK as well as offer a garden plot, plants, seeds, soil, and tools to grow fresh vegetables.Southcentral Alaska
Transition Sitka$10,000.00SCG will contribute to overall food security with ADA accessible garden space, mentored skills building and support for individuals and families.Southeast Alaska
NeighborWorks Alaska$10,000.00Our Anchor Gardens community network will host hands-on workshops and trainings to promote local food, and build a community garden in a food desert.Anchorage MOA
Friends of the Sutton Library$5,200.00Establishing a community garden and greenhouse for learning together how to grow food in this climate.Mat-Su Valley
Yakutat Tlingit Tribe$9,441.00The YCG Coordinator will purchase soil amendments and teach gardeners to amend and nurture the soil, plants, and food sustainability skills.Southeast Alaska
University of Alaska Fairbanks$10,000.00Diversify, broaden, and enhance the existing opportunities for the Community Garden and Garden to Heal program.Mat-Su Valley
Ketchikan Wellness Coalition$10,000.00Community Gardens with a focus on youth and community education for food security. Southeast Alaska
Access Alaska Inc$3,500.00In summer 2024, Access Alaska Fairbanks will establish an onsite community garden to enhance food security for people with disabilities and seniors. Fairbanks

2024 Strengthening Organizations Grant Recipients

The Strengthening Organizations Grant supports projects that strengthen the applicant organization, ensuring it has well-organized systems and experienced staff with the training and resources to successfully provide services. This grant is funded by a partnership between The Alaska Community Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation.

Organization NameAmount AwardedOne Sentence SummaryService Area
Girl Scouts of Alaska $ 8,960.00 Girl Scouts of Alaska plans to develop and implement a strategic multi-year fund development plan to help stabilize the organization.Statewide
InfraGard Alaska Members Alliance, Inc. $ 1,700.00 To purchase Foraker Group training to help establish a leadership culture that will provide organizational and financial resilience for years to come.Statewide
Armed Services YMCA of Alaska $ 4,750.00 The ASYMCA will work with a contractor to realign the staffing model to better suit the changing needs to staff and the organization. Statewide
Anchorage Senior Activity Center $ 4,500.00 We are contracting with a professional: The board and senior center management is resetting the Strategic Plan and setting new goals and objectives.Anchorage MOA
Alaska Botanical Garden $ 5,000.00 ABG would transition Quickbooks data entry from an operational contract with the Foraker Group to ABG staff responsibility and operations.Anchorage MOA
Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers $ 500.00 $500 covers 1-year Board Support Program at, giving members access to an on-demand series "Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education"Mat-Su Valley
Alaska Dance Theatre $ 6,500.00 ADT will develop learning opportunities for staff to support our strategic goals including mental health/wellness topics specific to young performers.Anchorage MOA
Eldred Rock Lighthouse Preservation Association $ 4,624.00 The Volunteer Caretaker Program (VCP) is an educational program to train volunteers as temporary caretakers of Eldred Rock Lighthouse.Southeast Alaska
Alaska Humanities Forum $ 5,953.00 Pursue training with The Management Center to build an equitable, sustainable, and results-driven culture and meet a priority in our Strategic Plan. Statewide
Chugiak Aquatics Club Boosters $ 4,000.00 Training for high school age swimmers, to include lifeguard courses and junior swim coach courses.Anchorage MOA
KHNS FM $ 5,125.00 We want to send our engineer to a tower climbing course so he can perform troubleshooting and repair work instead of hiring an outside contractor. Southeast Alaska
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts $ 9,000.00 A two-day coaching clinic for 15 ACPA managers to build leadership, communication and engagement skills during this period of rapid growth. Anchorage MOA
Ketchikan Wellness Coalition $ 4,416.40 KWC Board of Directors and staff will conduct a 2 day retreat to review/evaluate our current strategic plan & then construct a new 5 year plan. Southeast Alaska
Pratt Museum $ 8,000.00 After spending over two years of minimal operations, Pratt Museum Board and Staff need to come together to engage in a strategic planning process.Southcentral Alaska
thread $ 9,000.00 thread would contract with an entity to help with the transition of thread's two Fairbanks offices/teams into one. Statewide
KNOM Radio Mission $ 8,950.00 To provide both onsite and online training for staff on RCS Zetta and G-Selector, ensuring staff system proficiency post AM and FM signal split.Bering Strait
Arctic Slope Community Foundation $ 9,000.00 ASCF proposes to develop and implement a strategic plan in collaboration with Funding For Good, ensuring long-term success and sustainability.Arctic Slope

2024 Camps Initiative Grant Recipients

Summer camps are a rite of passage for Alaskan youth and essential childcare infrastructure for Alaskan families. The Camp Initiative supports summer enrichment programming for Alaskan youth, including both overnight and day camps. This grant is provided as a partnership between The Alaska Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, and the George and Stephanie Suddock Foundation.

Organization NameAmount AwardedOne Sentence SummaryService Area
Calypso Farm & Ecology Center$20,000.00Calypso offers farm immersive summer camps for children aged 5-15 years, including specialized camps for children from rural Alaska as well as children with disabilities.Fairbanks
Old Harbor Alliance$20,000.00Summer day camps focusing on cultural activities, agriculture, subsistence and food preservation. Kodiak Archipelago
Residential Youth Care, Inc.$20,000.00KAP will be offering daily lunch and snacks, outdoor physical activities including hiking, sports, as well as regular art and STEM activities which will foster learning, enrichment, and bonding.Southeast Alaska
Girl Scouts of Alaska$45,000.00In 2024 GSAK will be offering three main camp opportunities: Summer-long weekly sleep-over camp at Camp Togowoods and week-long day camps in 15 rural communities in Southeast and Southwest Alaska.Statewide
Alaska's Healing Hearts$7,050.00Youth focused Family oriented outdoor recreational retreats with direct services, interactive programs and education tools to help develop interpersonal communication skills and build strong bonds.Southcentral Alaska
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.$20,000.00The camp is an opportunity for community members to engage in Unangax̂ customs/traditions, create traditional art, prepare traditional foods, dance, learn the language and connect with each other.Aleutian Chain & Southcentral Alaska
Tanalian Bible Camp$45,000.00TBC offers overnight summer camp opportunities for youth ranging from third grade through 12th grades. Bristol Bay;Yukon-Kuskokwim
Norton Sound Health Corporation$10,000.00These camps will provide health career education for young future health care leaders. Bering Strait
Special Olympics Alaska Inc$20,000.00 Special Olympics Alaska hosts Camp Shriver Alaska, a summer sports camp for middle and high school aged students with and without intellectual disabilities, at no cost to participate. Statewide
Sitka Conservation Society$16,650.00Camps will provide opportunities for youth from Sitka and other regional communities to connect with the land and community through place-based experiential education and outdoor recreation. Southeast Alaska
Armed Services YMCA of Alaska$20,000.00The ASYMCA collaborates with established camps in different regions of the state to ensure that military children have the opportunity to experience convenient to each duty location. Statewide
Kenny Lake Public Library$6,000.00A literacy week long day-camp for children of the Copper Basin region, aged 6 through 18. Copper Center;Southcentral Alaska
Takshanuk Watershed Council$13,320.00We will provide 4 weeks of Gardening Camp, 2 weeks of Living Soil Kudziteeyí Tl’átk Camp, and 8 weeks of Watershed Studies.Southeast Alaska
Usta-Pacific Northwest Section$20,000.00RecTennis Summer Camps offer affordable, week-long day camps at five locations for 10-weeks throughout the summer for kids ages 5-17.Anchorage MOA;Mat-Su Valley
Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment$4,720.00In 2024 we will be offering 6 science themed day hikes, 3 aquatic ecology days, and 2 multi-day Science camps: Geology Camp and Archaeology CampCopper Center
Sitka Fine Arts Camp$45,000.00Sitka Fine Arts Camp provides Alaska’s only multidisciplinary arts camp serving over 700 youth from throughout Alaska annually.Southeast Alaska
Hope Community Resources Inc$20,000.00Our Summer Camp offers inclusive opportunities to underserved youth, including those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, to engage in educational and recreational activities.Northwest Arctic;Southcentral Alaska
SERRC - Alaska's Educational Resource Center$20,000.00The Academic Decathlon brings together high school teams to compete in ten subjects based on a yearly theme and builds valuable social and emotional skills while celebrating academic success. Statewide
Delta Community Library$6,435.00The youth of the community will be offered literacy enrichment, outdoor opportunities, the chance to interact with peers, and as much learning but fun activities as possible.Interior Alaska
Alaska Public Media KSKA KAKM$15,000.00AKPM, local children's groups, will conduct day camps using PBS Kids educational curriculum in the communities of Seward and Fairbanks during summer 2024. Statewide
VOA Alaska$14,000.00Camp Hope provides opportunities that focus on social emotional learning, engage in team-based recreation, art projects, field trips, and mindfulness activities. Statewide
Four Winds Resource Center$19,350.00We plan to offer a fine arts camp to encourage the growth of curiosity, skills, and creativity in local youths, aged 6-12. Southeast Alaska
Camp Fire Alaska$45,000.00Outdoor recreation through hiking, kayaking, target sports, and swimming with an emphasizes on cultural activities and intergenerational connections specific to the Rural Program. Anchorage MOA;Southcentral Alaska;Yukon-Kuskokwim
Girdwood Fine Arts Camp$10,000.00A two week day camp divided into 3 sessions and a teen apprenticeship program, employing professional artists to teach their medium to campers aged 5-18 years old. Anchorage MOA
Homer Council on the Arts$8,000.00Two one-week sessions of "Art in the Park," for ages groups 6-12; one week of folk music camp ages 8-17; and one week-long session of Broadway Bootcamp for ages 12-18Southcentral Alaska
Valdez Swim Club, Inc.$10,850.00This clinic will give the swimmers of Valdez access to a swim program for this summer that they will otherwise be without. Prince William Sound
Great Alaska Council Boy Scouts of America$45,000.00The Council offers resident and day camps for youth at Camp Gorsuch in Chugiak, Eagle River Scout Camp in Juneau, and a Traveling Day Camp reaching 3-8 communities annually.Aleutian Chain; Southcentral Alaska; Southeast Alaska
Global Partnership Ministries, Inc$45,000.00GraceWorks will provide camp activities in 15 locations around Anchorage, including meals, games, crafts, character development and Bible stories for children and youth in the surrounding communities.Anchorage MOA;Mat-Su Valley
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies$20,000.00We offer day camps for our local community and overnight camps for youth, teens, and families from all across Alaska. Southcentral Alaska
Huslia Village$14,500.00Huslia Village Summer Culture Camp is an opportunity to bring young people together to learn skills, build resilience, reinforce connections, pass down traditions and stories.Interior Alaska
Trailside Discovery Camp$22,500.00TDC fosters a wide range of environmental ed programs to young Alaskans & creates opportunities for kids to develop leadership skills environmental literacy & sense of responsibility for the outdoors.Southcentral Alaska
Covenant Youth of Alaska$45,000.00Summer Youth Camp remote rural upriver from the village of Unalakleet in western Alaska primarily geared for Alaska Native youth. Bering Strait;Yukon-Kuskokwim
Challenge Alaska$20,000.00An inclusive, fun, and adventure-based camp for youth living with autism transitioning to adulthood. There are currently no other camp opportunities for this demographic. Southcentral Alaska; Fairbanks
Alaska Geographic$20,000.00Alaska Geographic, in partnership with Alaska's federal land agencies, offers free backpacking and sea kayaking expeditions to diverse Alaskan teens to promote a lasting connection to public lands.Anchorage MOA;Interior Alaska;Northwest Arctic;Prince William Sound;Southcentral Alaska
Qizhjeh Vena Alaska$44,800.00Summer overnight and day camp for ages 11-18, and internships for ages 18-25.Bristol Bay
Native Village of Ruby$33,617.00The camp connects young people to cultural and traditional activities that are fun and rewarding and brings youth and Elders together. Interior Alaska
Alliance for the Support of American Legion Baseball in Anchorage$15,000.00Provide a 4 day summer baseball camp that features college coaches for players aged 7-18 in Anchorage and a 2 day camp in Fairbanks.Interior Alaska;Southcentral Alaska;Southeast Alaska
Petersburg Medical Center$20,000.00This summer, PMC will offer three ORCA day camps for youth in our region and launch our first overnight camp for high schoolers, a multi-day strengths-based kayaking expedition with Onward & Upward.Southeast Alaska
Kenai Mountains -Turnagain Arm National Heritage Corridor$20,000.00We run free and low-cost overnight and day youth outdoor programs that connect kids to nature, instilling in them a pride of place & enduring stewardship ethic for the spaces they live & recreate in. Southcentral Alaska
Haa Tóoch Lichéesh$20,000.00Haa Tóoch Lichéesh Coalition will offer a week long Healing Family CampSoutheast Alaska
Chugach Heritage Foundation$45,000.00Nuuciq Spirit Camp shares cultural practices and knowledge with those living in the communities of Tatitlek, Valdez, Cordova, Chenega, Nanwalek, Port Graham, Seward and Anchorage. Southcentral Alaska

2024 Trail Care Fund Grant Recipients

The Anchorage Trail Care Fund was established to provide a source of funding for summer soft surface trail maintenance and construction projects in the Anchorage Bowl, from Girdwood to Eklutna. Soft surface trails are meant to include non-paved trails on public land where maintenance is not generally funded through local, state, or federal budgets.

Organization NameAmount AwardedOne Sentence SummaryService Area
Alaska Trails$2,480.00This project seeks to improve the Flattop Sunnyside Trail through Alaska Trails paid crew work and the Alaska Trail Stewards volunteer program.Anchorage MOA
Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association$2,500.00This project seeks to replace two wooden bridges and plywood decking on dog-musher trails within the Campbell Tract trail network.Anchorage MOA
Girdwood Trails Committee (Girdwood Inc)$2,032.00 This project will fund the purchase of tools to be used by volunteer trail maintainance workers in an effort to improve and maintain the Girdwood Middle Iditarod National Historic Trail and the Beaver Pond TrailGirdwood